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Archive for December 7th, 2008

One Year Blog Anniversary:)

Posted by denglishbi on December 7, 2008

I am a few days late since I did start this last year on December 2, 2007.  Anyway, I am really enjoying the blogging and having another option to share and communicate with the community.  I am looking into enhancing the blog – I did add the searching widget to my space early this year on the right so that you can search within my blog


and I am definitely open to suggestions and comments. 

I am not a big fan of the very limited statistics that Live Spaces provides (very high level and only can see detail for current week).  I did create a feedburner link and I am exploring what this can provide and will post this to replace my RSS feed link possibly in the near future.  I also explored Google Analytics but that requires embedding javascript which I cannot do on Live Spaces.  Same thing with including snap shots for links which I really like, but that includes embedding javascript also

This past weekend I went over 50,000 page visits Averaging over 100 page views a day


I think this is amazing.  I know that some of the main content that people are looking at when finding my blog postings is about Using Reporting Services (SSRS) with SSAS data, SQL Server 2008 Intellisense – SQL Server 2008 (RC0) Intellisense Enhancements, the MS BI VPC (including the password that people are looking for) – Microsoft Business Intelligence VPC Release 7, MS certification exam feedback and information – Training, Online PerformancePoint Server (PPS) 2007 Training, Report Builder 2.0 RTM install and overview, SSAS MDX Round = Banker’s Rounding, SSAS Deployment Wizard Retaining Permissions, Filtering PerformancePoint Server (PPS) KPIs, PerformancePoint Server – Monitoring & Analytics Tech Night Recording, and VB Power Pack 3.0 – DataRepeater Control.

I want to thank everyone for the comments they have left and please feel free to leave them because I definitely monitor them and will reply.  My doors are always open and I am more than happy to lend a hand and help out.

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MSDN Forums moving…tomorrow (12/8)

Posted by denglishbi on December 7, 2008

Just checking out my RSS feeds this morning and saw that there was a posting in all of my MSDN forum feeds – This forum is moving the week of 12/8/2008.  So I went over to the sandbox area to check out the new social experience Sandbox forum.

In the new area you can setup an avatar and put in a little description of yourself.


And yes I am a fan of the movie Matrix.  I don’t see a spot in the new profile area to setup your display email like the old forums and the recognition stars have currently been replaced with medals now because of the new addition of the avatar that appears.

I checked out my points tracking in the current forums and it shows the following:

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I do use a gmail account for my display email and the main reason for this non-Microsoft item is because I use Google Alerts to get notified if PerformancePoint, Dan English, or Magenic is used on the Internet so that I can receive daily updates on what is being talked about and stay current.  And I currently have two stars and a long way from getting anymore for the time being since you have to go over 2000 points.

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I am still not sure how the medals work since I don’t have any currently, but we will see how this new layout pans out over the next few weeks and if the medals stick around.  There have been comments that people like the old school star recognition and also about using the thumbs up/down approach (why would you get a thumbs down…ouch).


I do like how it gives a breakdown on the right of Top Microsoft Answerers, Top MVP Answerers, Recent Moderators, and Top Answerers for the last 30 days off on the right.  Before there was a list, but it didn’t give you this kind of a breakout and it was just the Top Answerers in the forum (at least it showed the response number though in the old one). 

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I haven’t seen a posting in the PerformancePoint TechNet forums yet for the switch over to the new format, so maybe it is just the MSDN forums for now…are these really different though (I don’t think so, so we will see tomorrow).

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